Maine Farmed Shellfish Market Analysis Report
This data-driven, quantitative market assessment informs industry leaders and business owners about the potential scale and scope of markets for farmed shellfish and to facilitate strategic growth in the industry.
This market analysis report, prepared by The Hale Group in partnership with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute Aquaculture Program, reveals tremendous opportunity for Maine’s aquaculture industry. Maine is uniquely positioned to leverage and expand its aquaculture industry to capture a greater share of the shellfish marketplace for oysters, mussels, and scallops. Our report includes strategic recommendations to optimize growth to maintain product quality without competing with existing farms or overburdening coastal ecosystems and communities.
In 2015, efforts began to convene Maine’s aquaculture industry — including active farmers, leading consultants, trade groups, and others — to better understand the current market challenges and opportunities for Maine in this global industry. This system-level focus is reflected in the report, and benefits the industry as a whole now, and into the future.
The market analysis report was prepared by The Hale Group at the direction of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.
Project Steering Committee
- Sebastian Belle (Maine Aquaculture Association)
- Nick Branchina (Branchina, Maine)
- Dick Clime (Coastal Enterprises, Incorporated)
- Eric Horne (Flying Point Oyster Farm)
- Bill Mook (Mook Sea Farm)
- Gary Moretti (Bangs Island Mussels)
- Dana Morse (Maine Sea Grant)
- Barb Scully (Glidden Point Oyster Sea Farm)
- Peter Stocks (Calendar Island Mussels)
- Briana Warner and Nick Battista (The Island Institute)
- Fiona de Koning (Hollander & de Koning Mussels)
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